Purging for a Safer and More Organized Home

Clean and organized desk

Spring is a great time to clean, de-clutter, and purge items from your home.  As kids grow out of their toys and clothes and adults buy new items, the number of things you have can really add up.  If you don’t manage it, you’ll eventually run out of storage space and end up putting things where they don’t belong.  Aside from storage concerns, a lot of clutter can lead to other problems, including excessive mould and fire hazards, as well as uninvited guests like animals and insects which can also have an impact on your home.

We’ve prepared the following spring purging tips to help you create a more organized and safe home.

Declutter and get organized

Set a goal. It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you plan to clean your entire home at one time, so choose something manageable for you. Know what you would like to accomplish by the end of the day whether it be cleaning out a drawer, closet, or entire room.

Recruit help. Many hands make light work, so get your kids and your partner to help out. After all, they likely contributed to a lot of the mess.

Get rid of unused items. If you haven’t used something in over a year, there’s a good chance you won’t miss it if it’s gone.  Take the time to go through items such as clothing, shoes, electronics, DVDs, books, and magazines to purge items you no longer need or use.

Recycle. Take the opportunity to donate usable items to local charities. Some charities may even come to your house to pick up your donation.  Consider holding a garage sale with the unwanted items and donate the money earned to a charity of your choice.

Organized room

Keeping organized and safe

Find a place for everything. Make sure everything you have decided to keep has a place for when it’s not in use and always put items away when you are finished with them.

Go through items on a regular basis.  To keep your newly organized space clean, donate items regularly.  A general rule of thumb is when you acquire something new, get rid of an item that you no longer use.

Keep track of items in your closet.  A good way to keep track of which clothing pieces you actually wear is to hang all of your hangers the opposite direction.  As you wear each piece, flip the hanger back to its original position to indicate that you’ve worn that piece.  At the end of the year (or next spring), remove the clothing with hangers that haven’t been flipped and consider donating those items.  You haven’t worn that piece in over a year, so chances are, you likely won’t wear it this year.  If you would still like to keep your unworn pieces, consider maximizing your closet space with these tips.

If you own more items than you can reasonably and safely store in your home, you may want to opt for renting a storage unit.  Just remember, items in a storage unit are generally only insured by a typical homeowner policy for a period of 30 days.  After 30 days, the items are then only covered for theft, not other causes of loss such as fire or water damage.  Before renting a storage unit, speak with the storage facility about their insurance coverage and be sure to check with your insurance provider for full details on your specific policy.